LANDLORDS across Stratford district are being called on to provide homes for refugees.
Stratford District Council is looking for privately rented accommodation of all sizes to resettle refugees coming into the area.
Since 2016, SDC has successfully resettled 20 refugee families.
The first group of refugees were resettled through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and more recently the district has provided refuge to more than 360 Ukrainians fleeing the war in Ukraine, as well as those seeking to escape conflict and persecution in Afghanistan, through the UK Resettlement Scheme.
Over the next three years, SDC has pledged to resettle nine more families through the UKRS scheme and 20 through the Afghan schemes. There are no specific resettlement pledge numbers for Ukrainian households.
And as a result, local landlords are encouraged to contact the council if they have a self-contained property to let.
Email [email protected] with offers of housing.
Another way to help new arrivals to Stratford is to get involved with Welcome Here. This volunteer group works to help refugees in the district ‘rebuild their lives and achieve their full potential.’
Volunteers help with a range of activities, including English conversation clubs, driving people to appointments, and facilitating social events such as cookery groups to create a space for refugees to connect and share cultural experiences.
For further information visit the Facebook page Welcome Here Stratford-upon-Avon.